White-tailed Eagles in Hungary

The last December in Hungary was still more or less snowless. A trip to the eastern part of Hungary, the Hortobágy pussta made great photos at feeding stations in that vast area possible. There I visited the so-called eagle hides – especially constructed to photograph White-tailed Eagles. The best pictures you will find under “Photo” or in the gallery of the “Pictures shop”. The hides are located in the different parts of the Hortobágy National Park, some close to forest patches which are regularly used by the eagles for roosting. Other are installed in the middle of open steppe habitat.  To attract the eagles to these feeding stations, fish carcasses were provided by the national park rangers and a tour operator. The sites attracted Caspian and some species of birds from the crow family as well.

Besides the eagles who showed up very numerous were Common Buzzard, Northern Harrier, Common Kestrel, Caspian Gull, Mew Gull, Hooded Crow, Black-billed Magpie, Eurasian Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, European Greenfinch, Common Starling and Reed Bunting. If you are interested to get more information about the comfortable eagles hides in the Hortobágy (incl. chairs, gas operated mobile heating system, shelf and ventilators against the steaming up of the glass window), please feel free to contact the hide operator sakertours.hu

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